Kris Hansen

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Kris Hansen
Montana State Senate, District 14
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2019
Years in position 0
Base salary$82.64/day
Per diem$109.78/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Montana House of Representatives, District 33
2011 - 2015
Office website
Campaign website
Kristin "Kris" Hansen is a Republican member of the Montana State Senate, representing District 14. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Hansen served in the Montana House of Representatives, representing District 33 from 2011 to 2015.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Hansen served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2015
Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice, Vice Chair
Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation
Education and Cultural Resources
Finance and Claims


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Hansen served on the following committees:

Montana Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hansen served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Hansen's 2014 campaign website mirrored the themes seen below.[1]


Hansen's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Government Spending

I believe in realistic expectations, elimination of inefficiencies, and conservative budgeting. We are spending too much, and not utilizing our churches, charities, and community organizations effectively to provide services they are in unique positions to provide.


It is right for each citizen to contribute to an efficient government that focuses its resources on its constitutional duties. Excessive government should not be imposed upon its citizens’ wallets or bank accounts.


I am pro life.


Public education spending needs to be directed to reach children in the classroom and to maintain and upgrade facilities. Rural schools provide a sense of small community pride and offer a small school choice to parents whose children do better in that setting. Private education and home schools need to be encouraged and allowed to thrive. Montana’s public education system is one of the best in the country and will be made better when parents have options to consider for their children’s best interests.

Gun Control


Energy & Natural Resources

Natural resources can and must be used wisely and protected wisely. Use and protection do not exclude each other. Responsible companies should be invited to explore and do business in Montana without prohibitive policies stifling incentives to do so. We are to be good stewards of God’s creation. All efforts must be made to prevent environmental damage by all users, but if an accident or other damage occurs, the one responsible must be required to clean up his mess. We must also look to the future. What we have won’t last forever. We must consider alternative sources, including nuclear, hydro, geothermal, solar, wind, and whatever else hasn’t yet been dreamed up.



See also: Montana State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Montana State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for major party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 10, 2014; minor party and independent candidates had until June 2, 2014, to file. District 17 incumbent Greg Jergeson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Kris Hansen defeated Carl Mattson in the Republican primary. Jergeson was defeated by Hansen in the general election. Incumbent Llew Jones (R) ran in District 9.[3][4]

Montana State Senate, District 14 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKris Hansen 56.1% 4,080
     Democratic Greg Jergeson Incumbent 43.9% 3,196
Total Votes 7,276
Montana State Senate, District 14 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKris Hansen 65.2% 1,746
Carl Mattson 34.8% 931
Total Votes 2,677


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hansen won re-election in the 2012 election for Montana House of Representatives, District 33. Hansen ran unopposed in the June 5 primary election and defeated Brenda Skornogoski (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Montana House of Representatives, District 33, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKris Hansen Incumbent 54.3% 1,979
     Democratic Brenda Skornogoski 45.7% 1,667
Total Votes 3,646


See also: Montana House of Representatives elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Hansen won election to the Montana House of Representatives. Hansen did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. She faced Jack Trethewey (D) in the November 2 general election.[7][8]

Montana House of Representatives, District 33 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kris Hansen (R) 1,926
Jack Trethewey (D) 1,066

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hansen is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hansen raised a total of $39,499 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 8, 2013.[9]

Kris Hansen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Montana House, District 33 Won $21,241
2010 Montana House, District 33 Won $18,258
Grand Total Raised $39,499


Hansen won re-election to the Montana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hansen raised a total of $21,241.


In 2010, a year in which Hansen was up for election, she collected $18,258 in donations.[10]

Her largest contributors in 2008 were:

Montana House of Representatives 2008 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kris Hansen's campaign in 2008
Hill County Republican Central Cmte$540
Montana Contractors Association$320
Reynolds, Curtis$160
Barrows, Brian$160
Patrick, Carolyn$160
Total Raised in 2008 $18,258


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Political offices
Preceded by
Montana State Senate District 14
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bob Bergren (D)
Montana House of Representatives District 33
Succeeded by